WEEKLY NEWS
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT on Daleville/Fincastle Lions Club

We're asking our tree sponsors to share their tree design inspirations with us so that we can learn more about their business. We hope you enjoy reading the Lions Club inspiration below. Their tree is covered with eye glasses and reading charts, along with other colorful decorations, and is located next to the old jail.

There are many projects pursued by various Lions Clubs, but none more important than those recognizing the value of sight. The Daleville/Fincastle Lions Club tree symbolizes the dedication we have in that area! 

This year our members screened students in all but two of the Botetourt Public Schools. Starting in January 2022, we will visit daycares, preschools, and homeschool groups—all free services provided by our volunteers.

The Lions Clubs commitment to sight preservation took root in the early 1920s when Helen Keller called upon Lions Clubs International and its soon to be millions of members to “Be the Knights of the Blind”. We are still rolling, over a hundred years later!

The beginnings of the Lions KidSight USA Foundation International Board took root in the late 1990s, when the first generation of analog vision-screening technology was starting to flourish. The board was officially formed with members appointed in 2014. Since then, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded significant grant funding to start up a dozen statewide programs.
 
Lions KidSight USA is a nation-wide program bringing Lions clubs across the country together to ensure our children receive eye screenings and follow-up care when needed. We train and mobilize caring people to be able to easily and efficiently screen the vision health of our nation’s youngest, dearest, and most vulnerable children to help ensure they receive early academic and social development success that we all deserve — guided by the fact that 80% of a child’s learning and development requires healthy, corrected vision. In addition to maintaining a national database of annual vision screening results, all members of the local Lions Clubs take a certification test, pass a background check, and pass a health requirement to be able to go into schools, daycares, preschools, and homeschool gatherings. The Lions Club may provide financial assistance to qualifying individuals screened, if there is a need for it. The Lions Clubs support the blind by selling brooms made by the Industries for the Blind.
CHAMBER and COMMUNITY EVENTS
1/4, 8-9 am at The Reserve at Daleville.
Registration is free. A light breakfast and refreshments will be available.

Owners and C-Level Executives like to tackle the most difficult challenges early in the year so we would like to invite you to a discussion on the challenges of your second or third largest expense, healthcare. Join Alan Bayse from Bayse Benefit Advisors in a discussion with other Chamber members that will simplify some of the complexity of healthcare and to suggest changes that you feel will enhance your program. They hope to show you how to reduce your healthcare costs from 20% to 40% with proven and successful approaches used by the most successful companies, schools and governments throughout the nation.
Thursday, 1/13 at 8-10 am at Ashley Plantation
Sponsored by Winter's Storage

Join us at our January Board Meeting to learn about the Chamber and meet the Board. The meeting with be followed by networking, refreshments and a light breakfast. Registration required. Select Register and then Future member if you are not a Chamber member. Everyone is welcome to attend.
QUICK LINKS
  • 12/3 - 12/31, First Bank Tinsel Trail continues for self-guided tours.
  • 1/4, 8-9 am Coffee Connection with Bayse Benefit Advisors.
  • 1/13, 8-10 am YP Invite to Chamber Board Meeting followed by a networking event with breakfast. Please register!
  • 1/20, 5-7 pm, YPs Networking at 1772 Rooftop on Main | Speaker Loren Bruffrey, Jr., President of Cardinal Rubber & Seal.
  • 1/28, 7:30-9 am State of the County at the Greenfield Auditorium - In person | SAVE THE DATE
  • 2/18 YP Conference at The Preserve at Crooked Run - SAVE THE DATE
  • 2/25-2/26 ServSafe® Food Safety Management training for food service organizations. In collaboration with VWCC, we are offering a two day training to be held at the Claude Moore Education Complex. Details TBA. Registration will open in January and space is limited. SAVE THE DATE
COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR
Announcement from the Botetourt Fire and EMS - They are moving their Administration office to 10 West Back Street, Suite 200, Fincastle, VA 24090. Follow them on Facebook to learn more.
The Botetourt County Historic Society and Museum is showcasing a Holiday Antique Quilt Exhibit. This is a close up of one of the quilts called Crazy quilts. They were designed to display the quilters ability to embellish their work with ornate stitches on rich velvets, silks and satins during the 1800s. The embroidered initials of Ada Booze Pettigrew, Lee Booze, Alice Booze Zimmerman and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Booze as well as many of their friends are on this work of art. Botetourt County’s Museum is free and open M-Sat 10-2 and Sundays 2-4.

12/24, 6 pm - 11:55 pm. Buchanan Christmas Luminaries

1/12 4:30-5:30 pm, 3 weeks in a row, ending 1/26 | No cost, registration required. What would your business look like if you gave yourself the gift of TIME to work ON your business? Time to focus on you as an owner, to fill yourself up and inspire a year of growth for your business? In partnership with Botetourt County, we invite you to join us for three afternoons and give yourself the gift of time to work on your business. We'll spend our time together setting the foundation for your best year of growth yet! Recommended for small business owners with fewer than 50 employees.

1/29 12-4 pm Women Rock 2022 | Vinton War Memorial
Celebrate the New Year with local ladies who can help you with everything from financial advice to skin care. The Women Rock 2022 ladies' business expo. Free admission to the public! Door prizes!
▶ OTHER NEWS AROUND TOWN
Sheetz has announced a new partnership with DoorDash, where customers can place a Sheetz order for delivery through DoorDash's Website or mobile app. Delivery is free from 12/22/21 to 1/5/22.

Tizzone Wine Bar and the Town Center Tap House are looking for cooks! Apply online to join their team.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announces the Virginia Food Investment Fund (VFAIF) which is a statewide program that focuses on equity and justice in local food systems by investing in new or expanding food retailers that address food access issues in the Commonwealth. VFAIF offers grants and loans to fund the business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades and expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects in historically low-income, low-access communities. The 2nd VFAIF round is open from December 1st, 2021 to February 22nd, 2022. Please review the first round of funded projects and the Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown Paper. Awards range from $5,000-$50,000. 

Virginia SBDC announcement: Small Business of the Year nominations are not being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of SBA government assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation's economy. Visit the SBA website to nominate a small business. The deadline is 1/11/22 at 3 pm.
RAMP NEWS: Applications are now open for Spring 2022 Cohort that will be focused on Health and Life Science startup companies. RAMP will select up to 5 companies for the 12-week cohort that provides: Expert 1:1 mentoring with the region's top entrepreneurs and executives, free office space with high-speed internet in downtown Roanoke, Access to venture capital and equity-free funding, Free membership in the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, and 3 additional years of ongoing support. Apply now.
OpX Solutions releases their upcoming online schedule for Effective Leadership Development.
2/22/22 to 7/12/22 for 22 credits: Effective Leadership Development | This course is designed for supervisors and managers to improve leadership behaviors.
5/18/22 to 8/25/22 for 18 credits: Effective Personal Productivity | This course is designed to develop better habits in time management, goal setting, achieving results, controlling priorities, communicating effectively, and dealing with interruptions.
CHAMBER RESOURCES - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!
Khari Ryder, Executive Director
Cell: 540-526-6546
Office: 540-566-8812
Jennifer Vance, Marketing & Events
Cell: 603-491-4932
Office: 540-566-8812

Abby Choi, Member Services
Office: 540-566-8812

Daleville Professional Center
1324 Roanoke Road, Suite 4
PO Box 413 | Daleville, VA 24083
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Consider joining one of the Chamber's committees in 2022! Stay tuned for more information in our January newsletter!

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Khari Ryder gave the keynote speech at the 1st annual Botetourt County 4H Awards and Recognition Program Friday, December 17th.
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